EXCLUSIVE: Jane Fleming, a producer and president emeritus of Ladies In Movie, and Pricey White Folks and Actual Ladies Have Curves producer Effie Brown have joined the board of advisors at DWF-LA, the brand new identify of the annual Los Angeles-based movie competition Dances With Movies.
The additions, which additionally embrace bringing aboard High-quality Line Movies acquisitions government Jackie Tepper as DWF-LA’s first producing associate, will bolster the group’s plan to develop as a vacation spot for filmmakers and consumers (a void partially left within the metropolis by the shuttering of the Los Angeles Movie Pageant after final 12 months).
Jane Fleming, left, and Effie Brown
“Jane and Effie have each been leaders for a few years the place they’ve each been acknowledged for his or her achievements whereas breaking the glass ceiling,” competition co-founder Leslee Scallon stated. “They don’t seem to be solely distinctive and profitable producers, however leaders of their subject. With Jane and Effie becoming a member of our advisory board, this subsequent enlargement of DWF will proceed to assist elevate the profile of our filmmakers, offering entry to the subsequent technology of creatives for future collaborations.”
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The brand new identify DWF-LA is aimed partly at a aim to increase the group’s packages to different cities, and comes because it simply wrapped the second 12 months of DWF: Highlight China!, which highlighted initiatives by Chinese language filmmakers.
Dances With Movies, held yearly on the TCL Chinese language Theatres in Hollywood, held its 22nd version this previous June 13-23. The occasion receives extra that four,000 submission, and packages round 200 movies, pilots, internet sequence, documentaries, shorts, music movies, and movies by youngsters. Organizers say it attracts about 22,000 attendees yearly.
“As we embark on new developments with our competition together with DWF: Unleashed! which is able to characteristic movies with marquee identify expertise, we all know that the time is correct as an increasing number of alumni with bigger budgets return ‘dwelling’ to DWF every year,” co-founder Michael Trent stated. “This rising enlargement doesn’t imply a divergence from our core mission. Our competitors programming will stay steadfastly centered on rising and unknown expertise. ‘Unleashed!’ will improve what’s already there, offering a stage in Los Angeles for our alumni to return to the competition that gave them their first break.”
DWF’s advisory bard now consists of Fleming, Brown, Steve Tisch, Cindy Cowan, Jonathan Dana, Steve Elzer, Kevin Kasha, Eriq La Salle, Michael Lehmann, Mike Macari, Valerie McCaffrey, Mark V. Olsen, Joel Ordesky, Mark Ordesky, Melissa Orlen, Will Scheffer, Hilton Smith, David Spiegelman and Steve Wegner.